A data breach affecting 1.8 million customers of two New York utilities companies has recently been made public by the New York State Public Service Commission. The investigation into this data breach was initiated after an employee from a third party IT company contracted by New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) was given unauthorized access to the company’s databases.
It is not clear if accessing the customer databases had any malicious intent, both affected companies claiming there was no proof of any data having been misused as a consequence of the breach. But, to stay on the safe side, they have decided to send out notifications regarding the data access, as it exposed Social Security Numbers, dates of birth and financial account information, as shown in the official press release sent out by the NY Commission. Read more
The biggest challenge of securing modern IT infrastructures is to protect networks that mix different platforms and operating systems. CoSoSys has always considered this challenge when releasing a new version of their endpoint security and data loss prevention solutions, making them available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The same holds true for the freshly released EasyLock version 2, the software developer’s portable data protection solution.
This enhanced new version offers full support for cross-platform data encryption between Windows, Mac OS X and Linux openSUSE and Ubuntu. EasyLock 2 comes with military-grade protection for data stored on USB flash drives and other portable storage devices through its 256bit AES encryption. It also allows cross platform mobility by enabling users to protect their files when in transit and to easily access them on different operating systems. Read more
When you are the lead artist of a security mishaps that ended up in a data breach affecting some 24 million people, consequences are bound to catch up with you. And they just have caught up with shoe retailer Zappos.com and the bigger online fish behind them, Amazon.com. The two companies are being sued by the customers affected by the data breach, being accused of negligence.
A woman from Texas seems to be the main promoter in this Kentucky lawsuit. She claims that she and millions of other customers were harmed by the exposure of their personal account information. Zappos and Amazon have not commented on the lawsuit as of earlier today. Read more
Security professionals fear cyber-attacks and warn ab0ut them every chance they get. Countries all over the world are trying to put up the best cyber defenses technology advancements can buy, but it does take a well established institution in the field of global economy to actually make us all tremble and finally believe cyber attacks pose a great threat to global stability.
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risks for 2012 report places cyber-attacks against governments and businesses among the top five risks in the world to global stability, in terms of likelihood. Cyber-attacks come right after income disparity, fiscal imbalances, and the rising greenhouse gas emissions, shows the report released in WEF’s annual conference held in Davos, Switzerland. Read more
The Ramnit worm, first discovered a year and a half ago, a malware that used to target online banking and FTP credentials, makes victims among UK and French Facebook users.
A new version of the worm managed to steal more than 45000 Facebook usernames and passwords and tried to attack the e-mail accounts and virtual private networks of affected persons. The worm has sent malicious links to victims’ friends, links that downloaded malware to the person’s computer, which helped spread the worm even faster.
It seems like the attackers are adapting to market tendencies, targeting social networks rather than traditional communication means (such as email).
For more details, you can read the techweekeurope.co.uk report.